Kill Bill The Whole Bloody Affair limited release

Quentin Tarantino has been promising a release of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair for years now, and now he says he’s almost ready to deliver. During an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Tarantino revealed that he and The Weinstein Company have had discussions about releasing the film in theaters “within the next year.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Ever since Kill Bill Volume 1 was released in 2003, we’d been hearing that writer/director Quentin Tarantino ultimately planned on releasing both halves in one epic package. Kill Bill Volume 2 came out a year later and it seemed like a logical time for the big reveal. Nope. Then, in 2004, Tarantino showed a combined version of the film at the Cannes Film Festival that became known as Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair. We thought that meant general audiences would finally get to see it in some way but alas, that was not the case. Amazon put up a page about it, images of box art leaked online and Tarantino himself said they were working on a new animation sequence but still, there was nothing. Years passed and finally Tarantino’s theater, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, was permitted to show the film theatrically for the first time in the United States.

The print, which was the exact one that screened at Cannes – complete with French subtitles – played from March 27 (Tarantino’s birthday) through April 7 to mostly sold out audiences. After being out of town for the majority of the run, I was finally able to see the film on its final evening and it was a near perfect movie going experience. Four plus hours of bliss that make Kill Bill better than you ever thought it could be.

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Tyler Stout created this awesome Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair movie poster as a surprise for Quentin Tarantino‘s birthday screening of the uncut film at the New Beverly Cinema. Posters were sold at the screening, and will go online tomorrow on Mondo.

They are also selling a limited edition Japanese variant for $100, which OMG says is “printed on paper that lands somewhere between rice and parchment, plus it has some subtle changes to the art”. Only 225 copies were printed. The regular version is a 24? x 36? screenprint, has an edition of 600, and will cost $50. Both will go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, April 5th) at a random time. Hit the jump to see both designs.

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Sunday March 27th was Quentin Tarantino‘s birthday and not only was he able to finally screen his combined opus, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, at his theater in Los Angeles, the New Beverly, popular artist Tyler Stout made a special poster to commemorate the occasion. Mondo Tees quickly sold out at the theater but they’ll sell the majority of the 600 print run online later this week. Follow @MondoNews for the announcement and check out the full image after the break. Read More »

Attempting to keep up with all the film events in Los Angeles is an exercise in futility. There’s simply too much going on all at once, all over town. But every once in a while a few pieces of news hit at once and that’s why we created /Film LA. Here’s what we’ve got.

  1. The original 1982 Tron is screening March 5 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica with writer/director Steven Lisberger and more in attendance. As an added bonus, it’ll be in 70mm.
  2. My favorite and probably the best theater chain in all of Los Angeles, Arclight Cinemas, just released their first iPhone application.
  3. Disney has finally set the official opening date for the Disneyland opening of the brand new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: June 3. Also opening that day is an all-new Little Mermaid ride.
  4. In case you missed it, Quentin Tarantino is taking over his New Beverly Cinema in March including a premiere run of Kill Bill: The Whole Blood Affair.

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Was I the only person that was somewhat disappointed when they first found out that Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill epic would be split into two films? Of course, the split certainly helped Miramax recoup their considerable investment in the film, but Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 always felt like two halves of a whole, rather than independent films (probably because they were originally intended to be one). Tarantino apparently felt the same way, and many months ago, he announced the upcoming DVD, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (Amazon link to the unavailable product here), which would reunite the two films into the original, single film that debuted at Cannes. Of course, like many of the projects that Tarantino talked about, as the weeks and months flew by, I started to lose faith that such a project would actually come to pass.
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It’s a slow Wednesday in 2008, so that must mean it’s time to grind the rumor mill yet again for Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair DVD(s)! Uma Thurman teased MTV with news that Tarantino is currently working on a new anime to be included with the long-planned definitive edition of the director’s legendary magnum opus. Moreover, she says the complimentary anime segment(s) will not focus on her character Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bride, leaving speculation open that the new anime will revolve around Bill.

“Right now he’s putting the two films together with an intermission with an added anime sequence he had already written,” said Thurman. “So additional stories are in there, in animation.” She adds, “his anime stuff is strong.”

Of course, Thurman played it coy and left it at that, but she’s far less prone to spouting coolness to the press for the hell of it, so maybe KB: TWBA is on the way. Personally, I await the day when QT’s Inglorious Bastards, planned for 2010, starts production, but I’m curious to see what type of gluttonous “intermission” he has in store as well. Can you make perfect films more perfect I wonder?